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Cuneo: A journey through history, culture and culinary delights

By Monday, 22 January 2024 13:20

Nestled in the picturesque Piedmont region of Italy, Cuneo is a city that beautifully marries history, culture and culinary delights. 

Exploring local monuments and sites 

This charming city, which is alas often overlooked by tourists, has a lot to offer to those willing to explore its hidden treasures. Cuneo boasts a rich historical heritage and the old town center is the perfect place to begin discovering it. The Piazza Galimberti is a handsome square surrounded by elegant arcades, and an ideal spot for people-watching. As you stroll through the streets, you'll encounter historical palaces, churches, and more beautiful squares, and don't miss the Gothic Cuneo Cathedral and the ornate Church of San Francesco. For art enthusiasts the Civic Museum houses a remarkable collection of works and artifacts that provide insight into the city's past.

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Art and festivals, wines and culinary delights

Cuneo's history is deeply rooted in its defense, and you can visit the impressive Cuneo Fortress, which once protected the city, while The Museum of the Resistance tells the poignant story of the Italian resistance movement during World War II. Cuneo is home to various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The Notti Rosa Festival in July transforms the city into a pink wonderland with concerts, art installations, and culinary delights. Piedmont is renowned for its wine, and Cuneo is no exception. The city is surrounded by vineyards producing world-class wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Be sure to indulge in a wine tasting experience at one of the local wineries and enjoy the Piedmontese truffles, cheeses, and hearty dishes like Agnolotti and Brasato al Barolo. And don't forget to try the renowned Bagna Cauda, a warm garlic-anchovy dip, with fresh vegetables.

Cultural Cuneo, outdoor adventures and traditions

The surrounding natural landscapes offer fantastic outdoor activities, with the nearby Maritime Alps providing excellent hiking and skiing. In summer you can explore the trails and enjoy the breathtaking views and in winter the region becomes a haven for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Cuneo has a fascinating history, dating back to its foundation in the 12th century. Over the years, it witnessed many battles and its strategic location near the French border made it a crucial defensive outpost. Exploring the city's historical sites and museums will give you a profound insight into its past. Enjoy this handsome city’s delightful blend of history, art, culture, and culinary excellence as it invites visitors to uncover its many layers and create lasting memories while savoring the best of Piedmontese traditions.

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